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For days now the kitchen sink has been a great bother.
I suppose, living in a 1950's cabin style home in the mountains has it's perks, believe me, this is not one of them.
My husband is wonderful at all issues regarding fixing things at home. He is wise and wonderful and saves us so much money. Well, in this case, the landlord saves money.
We have been fussing with the drain for several days now. Full well knowing that the pipe that is clogged is old and has junk caught up in there over many years of use. The dishes were building up yesterday and the sinks were dirty and messy and full of water. The water would drain, but slowly, ever so slowly.
This was becoming beyond gross. I just couldn't "wait" for the drain to decide when it would allow water through. A speedy telephone call to my husband at work, in a panic, "please bring home draino or roto rooter!" Hours later he showed up with the biggest $9.00 bottle of drain opening liquid he could find. He too was tired of the sink and it's issues.
Well, the next morning we woke to find that this "penetrating tough clog gel" didn't really work. Sadly we began the day all over with hot water, plunging and waiting.
On my counter sat a box of baking soda and a bottle of vinegar, .... and I started thinking...
Sometimes my thinking leads to disaster, in this case....
In a pool full of water in two clogged sinks, side by side, I slowly poured baking soda and watched it slide down the drain, moments later I poured vinegar and within seconds white foam began to bubble everywhere. It was rather dramatic and worrysome. Within minutes, after a few blups out of the drain..... I RELEASED THE CLOG! CLEARED THE DRAIN! AND WAS VERY PROUD OF MYSELF.